It’s that time of year again and 2019 is almost upon us. For many, a new year symbolises a new era, refreshment, new opportunities and of course, new resolutions.
Haven’t thought about your New Year’s resolution? Not to worry – we’ve got some ideas that we think will inspire you to make 2019 your best year yet!
Try something new
New year, new you, right? Many of us begin to feel ‘new’ or refreshed again when we start trying new things. These might be activities or habits that we’ve never done before. However, it’s not just new activities that can make us feel reinvigorated – new jobs, new locations or even a new daily routine can help give us the inspiration we need to feel positive in the new year.
If you’re thinking about trying something new, such as connecting with the support that can help improve and enable your lifestyle or picking up a new role in aged care or disability support, the Mable platform can help you get started.
Get amongst your community
Each year, the statistics of loneliness and feelings of isolation rise among Australians. It’s also been revealed by a study that loneliness can have similar negative health effects on lifestyle as smoking.
If you’d like 2019 to be the year to improve your social interaction and mental health, you might like to:
- join a local sports club or community group,
- get connected with an independent support worker who can help you become active in your community via Mable,
- ask an independent support worker to help you organise a community barbeque or lunch,
- Become an independent support worker on Mable and begin supporting people in your local community,
- or purchase a gym membership and start attending regular fitness classes.
Put yourself first
The new year is a time where you can focus on what’s most important – you. Self-care and being mindful of oneself is something that many Australians fail to do and this could potentially lead to poor mental health outcomes.
Want to know how you can incorporate self-care into your daily routine? Take a look at some of our ideas:
- Allow yourself some time out: with smartphones consistently occupying so many hours in our day, it can be easy to forget to relax and have some ‘time out’ for yourself. To start practicing time out, you could allocate an hour per day to turn off your phone, TV or computer.
- Do a spring-clean: Untidiness can impact your health in a variety of ways, so taking an hour each week to declutter your home can help you get your mind back on track. If you need a hand to do this, you can always connect to an independent support worker on Mable.
- Practice meditation: Being ignorant of emotions and physical feelings can be very easy, especially if we are busy with work, or family. Practicing meditation and scanning your body is a common and useful practice. Scanning involves placing attention to certain parts of the body which helps to relax the mind.
Focus on your wellbeing
The new year is an ideal time to set physical health goals and it’s often a time that many people use to reset their eating habits and focus on wellbeing after the festive season.
Here are some ways you can begin to improve your health in the new year:
- cut out harmful or fatty foods from your diet,
- clean out your pantry or kitchen of ‘junk’ foods,
- ask a healthy friend or family member for some recipe ideas,
- download a fitness or diet tracking app to monitor your habits,
- choose a sport you enjoy and make a habit of training once a week,
- remove certain products, meals or ingredients from your diet.
If you’re keen to get some professional help to focus on your physical wellbeing, the Mable platform could help connect to health professionals and independent support workers who can help you keep track of your goals.
Be more supportive of others
A common New Year’s resolution is to begin exhibiting selflessness by supporting others. The Mable platform doesn’t just allow people to find the support that suits their needs and preferences, it also allows people who are determined to provide support to connect to work opportunities. As an independent support worker on Mable, you can directly connect to potential clients within your local community and provide a range of support services:
- Social support and domestic assistance: this includes providing close companionship, support around the house and garden and support to help others connect to their community.
- Personal care: this includes assisting with personal hygiene, manual handling and assistance with medication.
- Nursing services: this includes providing nursing care to those seeking quality assistance in the comfort of their own home.
- Allied Health services: if you’re a psychologist, physiotherapist, speech pathologist or even an occupational therapist, the Mable platform can help you find clients who are ageing or living with a disability so you can expand your opportunities and put your valuable skills to practice.